San Fernando Valley Business Journal


Par for the Course?

Sports complex in Studio City eyed for senior housing.Development: Will the Weddington Golf and Tennis Club become a senior living facility or a park?

By Elliot Golan September 8, 2014 midnight   $$ Share


Business group in underdog role as it pulls for MLS team.

Sports: A campaign to bring a Major League Soccer team to the Valley runs into obstacles.

A.V. Plant Off Track?

Manufacturing: Labor dispute threatens planned rail facility.

Manufacturing: A union dispute could delay – or even derail – Kinkisharyo’s Palmdale plant.

Snack Maker Faces Crunch

Finance: Westlake Village firm files for bankruptcy.

Finance: Despite soaring sales, snack food maker Crunchies has declared bankruptcy.

Old School Texas Firm Buys Online Marketer

Internet: Alliance benefiting from Westlake Village’s Conversant.

Internet: The hunger among marketers for big data explains Conversant’s $2.3 billion acquisition.

Gathering Up That Loose Change

Mall kiosk exchanges foreign currency for gift cards, charity.

Retail: Spare change in a foreign currency could buy gift cards at a Northridge mall kiosk.

Avery’s New Address In Fashion

Forget office labels, Glendale firm opens ‘cool’ design hub.

Fashion: Avery Dennison opens a design studio for clothing labels in the L.A. Fashion District.

When the Sun Bears Down Hard

Chatsworth business uses high-tech supports for large solar project.

Innovation: Chatsworth manufacturer tries a new method for attaching solar panels on the roof.

The Number

The Number: Hollywood’s lowest summer box office in years particularly hurt Valley studios.

More Than A Jingle

Media: Cutbacks at radio stations have created a demand for Benztown’s ‘aural branding.’

Media: Benztown produces the identifying sound signature that radio stations feature in promos.

ObamaCare Regulations Create Market Niche

Insurance: Woodland Hills firm automates reporting of worker-coverage status.

Insurance: New reporting requirements for health reform have brokers and HR companies scrambling.

Valley Classrooms Get Stocked Up for First Day

Giving: Campaign by Honda sends paper and other supplies to district.

Honda’s ubiquitous Random Acts of Helpfulness campaign may be marketing at heart, but that doesn’t mean real people and institutions aren’t benefiting.

Social Media Lawsuit Not So Funny for Wayans

Law: Tweet spurs complaint, offers firms lessons in medium’s limits.

An odd suit filed by actor Pierre Daniel against comedian Marlon Wayans holds several not-so-funny lessons for business owners about the Brave New World of social media.

Organizers Plan Encore for Calabasas Film Festival

Entertainment: Nearly 1,000 attend event that should be back next year with bigger lineup.

Calabasas got back in the film fest business earlier this month.

Entrepreneur Scores Birdie With Old Snack Bar

Retail & Hospitality: Former waitress upgrades eatery at Verdugo Hills course.

Growing up in Tujunga, Tiffany Casper worked at the snack bar at nearby Verdugo Hills Golf Course, dispensing nachos, drinks and frozen burgers.

Fallow Future for Camarillo Farmland Project?

Development: Council vote kills current housing plan but downsizing possible.

After nearly 10 years of hearings and drama, a development proposal for nearly 900 acres of Camarillo farmland looks to be on its last legs – at least in its current form.

around the valleys

News and notes from around the greater San Fernando Valley

The Los Angeles Daily News is among the newspapers that could be sold as parent company Digital First Media reviews strategic alternatives for its business.


Calendar of Events


Market Watch Summary

Stocks remained nearly flat in the two-week period ended Sept. 17.

Can the Valley Score in Futbol?

From the Newsroom: Scoring MLS in the Valley.

Digging Ever Deeper into the Hole?

The planned high-speed rail line has been compromised by politics. An unfunded tunnel won’t fix it.

Op-Ed: Dwindling viability of high-speed rail.

A Call for L.A. River Open Space

Op-Ed: a park on the L.A. River.

Alfred Mann Selling Off Valley-Area Business Parks

Real Estate: Biotech billionaire cashing out in Sylmar, Valencia.

Real Estate: Billionaire Alfred Mann is selling off his industrial parks in Santa Clarita and Sylmar.

Taking a Chomp Out of Child Labor

Supply chain: Executive at Nestle’s Glendale offices helps lead initiative.

Supply Chain: Nestle USA in Glendale has a plan to grow a sustainable cocoa supply.

Business Groups All Aboard on Mountain Tunnel

Transportation: An alternate route for high-speed rail would tunnel under the San Gabriel Mountains.